Snake Mistake is the product of a correspondence between Alex Hobba and Chunxiao starting in 2019. The process was a simple one of entering the other’s words into Google Translate (between Mandarin and English) which created an inevitable disentanglement and corruption towards illegibility, much like a JPEG the more it is transferred. The work speaks of unintelligibility and contradictions; the proximity of poison to a cure, the colour yellow as expressions of both cowardice and joy.
Snake Mistake is presented as part of STRAY VOLTAGE, KINGS Artist-Run’s iterative video program, collaboratively facilitated by Rebecca McCauley and Aaron Claringbold. Looking to the potential that exists between seemingly incompatible ideas, STRAY VOLTAGE premises an experimental program of critically engaged moving image works, fundamentally grounded by the earth.
STRAY VOLTAGE is supported by the City of Melbourne 2022 Annual Arts Grants Program.
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